Modern Farming — Soviet Style: The Revolution in the Russian Villiage, by Anna Louise Strong.
New York: International Publishers, 1930.
International Pamphlets No. 1.
Celebration of the glories of collective agriculture in the USSR, one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes of the 20th Century, by Communist Party fellow-traveler Anna Louise Strong. Strong was in the USSR during the initial phases of the collectivization drive, which lends a tone of first-hand observer to this utterly uncritical and blatantly one-sided apologetic.
"When the poor peasant began to cry that he got no benefit from the revolution, and was as poor as ever, the kulak told him the solution was a higher price for grain.... Collectivization was needed in the Soviet Union, first and most simply, as the only means whereby state aid could be efficiently given to poor peasants and farmhands unable to plow their lands. It was needed as the swiftest way to break down the incredibly primitive system of strip farming, and throw all lands into large workable units. It was needed as a social form of control which would give the benefits of large-scale farming, not to a few exploiters but to the entire mass of toiling peasantry..." (etc., pp. 5-6)
I. WHY COLLECTIVIZATION WAS NEEDED (pg. 3)
A. Effects of the Revolution (pg. 5)
II. THE WAVE OF COLLECTIVIZATION, 1929-1930 (pg. 7)
A. "Liquidating" the Kulaks (pg. 10)
B. "Dizziness from Success" (pg. 12)
III. THE DRAMA OF SPRING SOWING (pg. 14)
A. The Spring Moves North (pg. 14)
B. Sowing Time in Hopiorsk (pg. 17)
C. The Part Played by City Workers (pg. 20)
D. The Party Organizers (pg. 22)
IV. ORGANIZING THE LABOR ON COLLECTIVE FARMS (pg. 24)
A. The Work of Tractor Stations (pg. 25)
B. The Socialist Farm-City (pg. 28)
Published in the USA between 1923 and 1978, copyright not renewed, public domain.
Digital editing by Martin Goodman for the Riazanov Library Digitization Project. Uploaded to Archive.org by Tim Davenport ("Carrite") in May 2017.